Moving personal stories from people touched by the opioid crisis and substance use disorder and how their lives have been filled with love, loss, and hope. Overdose statistics only tell one part of the story, these highly moving videos show us the story beyond the numbers.
This video project was created by individuals living with opioid or substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who have lost loved ones. Beyond the Numbers was created by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s Affected Families and Friends Work Group.
About the Project
These short videos tell the stories of 20 people directly impacted by their own, or a loved-one’s, substance use and/or behavioral health struggle. These stories of love, loss, and hope were created by each person, using their own words, their voice, and family photos to help viewers understand the personal impact of the crisis.
By Affected Families and Friends
The videos are the result of a project led by the Consortium’s Affected Families & Friends Work Group and are a resource for community partners, agencies, and coalitions, which can use these during future events or presentations. The Consortium has developed a Facilitator’s Guide that gives context to the stories and can be used to help plan events.
The original series of Beyond the Numbers stories was created and released in 2019 along with a Facilitator’s Guide. In 2021, the work group released another set of videos. Both sets were created with the help of the Story Center. You can find the videos by scrolling through this page.
If you would like to learn more about the project or use of the videos for an event, contact Jen Place.